Featured Preparation

The Orderly Conversation Defined

One of the most important things for business communicators to understand is the distinction between a speech and a presentation. They are not the same.
Read More
Featured Preparation

Don’t Overlook these Steps when Preparing Your Presentation

For some presenters, preparation is all about collecting data and turning it into PowerPoint slides. There’s more to effective, efficient preparation than that, though. It’s not that you won’t use...
Read More
Featured Preparation

Change of Plan—You’re Delivering THESE Slides Instead

We are always looking for new ways to improve the impact that we have on our clients, their teams, and the portion of the business that they support. This article is about a recent client request...
Read More
Featured Facilitation

RETHINK: Training Materials as In-the-Moment Job Aids

In our work, we train and coach a lot of corporate trainers and subject matter experts (SMEs) to be more effective in the training room. Time and again we see them struggle with PowerPoint slides...
Read More
Featured Managing Nerves

4 Things Nervous, Over-Preparing Presenters Can Do to Calm Down and Engage

I recently delivered a workshop for eight very nervous presenters. They were a great group and talked very frankly about their worries and concerns about presenting. Their nervousness stemmed from...
Read More
2 min read
Presentation Rules - Sep 14, 2016

“I Hate Dry Runs” (How To Make Training Prep Less Torturous)

Recently we were working with a group of trainers in a facilitation skills training workshop. During a conversation about how they preferred to prepare, one of them, we’ll call him Steve, said, “I hate dry runs, but we do them...
Read More
3 min read
Facilitation - Apr 18, 2016

For Leaders Who Expect Better Communication from Employees: 5 Ways to Achieve It

As a leader, you expect your employees’ business communication to be effective and efficient. But is it?
Read More
1 min read
Meetings - Apr 11, 2016

The Orderly Conversation: 4 Ways to Make Presenting to Leadership Easier

As talent development professionals, it’s essential for us to communicate effectively both inside and outside the training room. Our success and reputation depend on it. Too often—especially when communicating to business...
Read More
2 min read
Introduction - Feb 29, 2016

First, Build Trust With a Solid Frame

Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy is quoted in an interesting short piece at businessinsider.com. She says that radiating a sense of trustworthiness and warmth is actually more important in building good business...
Read More
2 min read
Meetings - Dec 14, 2015

Information overload: How to avoid it when presenting to leadership

You’re a detail-oriented person working in a highly technical position. You probably wonder how much detail you should go into when presenting to managers and leaders. You may even have been asked not to go into information...
Read More

Subscribe and Stay Informed

subscribe-reduced